Flooding Won’t Stop In Chennai, India
Flooding Won’t Stop In Chennai, India’s Fourth Largest City
Thousands are fleeing as the flooding won’t stop in Chennai, India. The city hasn’t experience such bad rain since one hundred years prior, and the worsening rain has brought the death toll to more than 280 people. Chennai, which is a low-lying coastal city, is India’s fourth largest city at about six million people.
Though forecasts predict even more rain, it’s the flooding lakes and rivers that are more of a concern now. Thirty lakes continue to overflow into four districts.
Community members are upset over the lack of warning that such drastic rain was coming and that it would create this scale of destruction. There was no warning when the first nearby lake began flooding, which gave residents hardly any time to evacuate. By the time there was enough communication, most cars had already sunk. As an enormous amount of people took residence on rooftops, military helicopters dropped food. Drinking water is in short supply. Resources are limited and people are in desperate need of relief. In a city of six million, this is causing an enormous dilemma. In fact, three million people are cut off from basic services.
Chennai airport has shut down, limiting even more transportation in and out of the city. Rescue teams feel helpless as they have supplies and people to help, but they are scarce in number of boats. This means many are anxious to help but unable to reach those in need.
Chennai is recognized for being a big player in the car industry and for its IT outsourcing. Many IT companies shut down temporarily as the flooding continues.
Unfortunately for the community of Chennai, there may be more to blame than the weather. The city has focused little attention on flood prevention, even after warnings of problems like this one arising. Though the many lakes had potential ways of natural draining, no regulations were put in place to make these drains possible. Bridges and buildings were built over these routes, causing the drains to get blocked.